Key points



> Nominations are open for appointments to the Redress Design Group and an Advisory Group

Download a nomination form and supporting information - available in Easy Read, NZ Sign Language, Braille, audio, large print or te reo Māori, Samoan, Tongan

> People can nominate themselves or someone else (with their agreement)

> Email nominations by 5pm Tuesday 13 December 2022 to the Crown Response Unit:



We are seeking nominations for design and advisory groups that will develop proposals for ministers for a new, independent, trauma-informed redress system, Puretumu Torowhānui, for survivors of abuse in care.

The Redress Design Group will have up to 10 members, plus a Chair. The Design Group will be supported by an Advisory Group of up to 20 members, with the ability to work in smaller groups as needed.

Although the design process will be survivor-led, survivors have told us they do not want to work from a 'blank slate'. Material will be compiled by the Crown Response Unit to support the group's decision making, drawing on insights that survivors have already shared with the Royal Commission.

The Redress Design Group will produce high-level design proposals to provide to the Minister for the Public Service in June 2023. The high-level proposals will cover:

  • comment on the system’s intended principles, purpose, functions, and scope, with the option to outline a strong case for alteration to any of the specific aspects, especially from a Treaty perspective
  • how the system should safely connect with and support survivors to navigate their redress journey – how redress needs to “look and feel” to give survivors confidence in the redress system and to provide them with a safe, accessible, trauma informed, and culturally responsive experience
  • the types and mix of services and supports that should ideally be provided as part of each feedback on draft apology and payment frameworks, example redress models and proposals prepared by the Crown Response Unit, with a focus on what is needed to support meaningful recognition of the harms people have experienced
  • an outline of the critical issues that will need to be considered in the detailed design and implementation planning, including cost estimates and phasing of implementation.

The Advisory Group or its sub-groups would provide advice and feedback to the Design Group on major elements of the high-level redress design before the Design Group’s final recommendations are made to the Minister in June 2023. Subject to Cabinet decisions, further detailed design and implementation work will continue after that, with ongoing survivor involvement.



The design work will take place from between late February to June 2023.

  • The Redress Design Group should be ready to start work in February 2023. It is expected to hold regular hui (in person and online) between late February and May, there may be about 4 weeks' worth of work during this time. 
  • The Advisory Group is expected to work for about two weeks during April and May.

Appointed members to both groups will be paid for their time and expenses.

Both groups will mainly work from their own homes or offices, and have access to a computer with email, Word, Teams/Zoom. Arrangements will be made for people who cannot access a computer. They will also receive any 'reasonable accommodations' needed to support them to participate.

Skills and experience required

Survivors of abuse in State or faith-based care, and relevant subject matter experts, are encouraged to submit a nomination to join either the Redress Design Group or the Advisory Group and should have at least some of the following attributes:

  • personal experience as a survivor and/or experience representing or advocating for survivor communities
  • relevant specialist subject matter expertise (as described below) 
  • ability to work collaboratively to deliver positive outcomes, including the ability to manage personal trauma 
  • a range of experience, skills, and competencies 
  • strong understanding and commitment to applying Te Tiriti o Waitangi in the support of survivors.

Collectively, the Design Group and Advisory Group membership should include:  

  • survivors from a range of backgrounds and contexts, including but not limited to Māori, Pacific, Deaf and Disabled, rangatahi, and LGBTQI, residential, faith-based and State care, survivors who have been in prisons, gangs or have lived in rural areas
  • a wide range of subject matter expertise, including wellbeing services, psychology, mātauranga Māori, disability issues, human rights, understanding of trauma and being trauma informed, service design, development, and implementation and public policy 
  • active networks within survivor communities, with Māori and other organisations that support and advocate on behalf of survivors, iwi and hapū groups 
  • experience in grassroots community support and service organisations  
  • experience of applying Te Tiriti in services, systems, and organisations  
  • a gender balance and a Māori majority, given the over-representation of Māori in State care.


Nomination process

You can nominate yourself or someone else (with their agreement) to either group. It is intended that the Redress Design Group and Advisory Group be made up mainly of survivors of abuse in care, because it is essential that survivors are at the centre of this process.

To submit a nomination for membership of the Redress Design Group or the Advisory Group:

  1. Download and complete a nomination form below
  2. Email completed nomination forms to with “NOMINATION” in the email subject line.

Please note the close off date is 5pm Tuesday 13 December 2022. Some versions of the nomination form may show an incorrect closing date.

Nominations should highlight the lived experience and expertise they will bring to this mahi and kaupapa. Flexible working opportunities will be available and 'reasonable accommodations' will be provided as needed.

We welcome interest from people who have worked with the Royal Commission, whether directly or in advisory roles, and from those who have not been part of the Inquiry. Past criminal convictions or links to gangs will not necessarily disqualify nominees from being appointed.

We welcome nominations from disabled people and people with disabilities. In your nomination, please tell us about the barriers you may face in a role like this and we will work with you to understand those and will provide reasonable accommodations where needed.

Alternative formats of the nomination form and supporting information are available to download below (Sign Language, Braille, Easy Read, Large Print or Audio).

If you are unable to complete a printed or electronic version of the nomination form, you are welcome to submit your nomination in another format. Please let us know at if this is the case so we can support you as required. If you are using another format, please use the nomination form as a guide to the information required by the panel to consider your nomination.


Design Group Chair

A Design Group Chair will be appointed by the Minister for the Public Service, in consultation with the Minister for Māori Crown Relations. As part of the appointment process the Minister for the Public Service will also go through the Cabinet Appointments and Honours Committee.

Independent nominations review panel

The Minister for the Public Service will appoint a small independent review panel to consider the nominations.

Members selected for the review panel will be:

  • a leader with recognised mana in the kaupapa of redress and healing
  • a leader with recognised mana in advocating for or representing survivors
  • recognised as a leader with mana in te ao Māori and mātauranga Māori.

Collectively the members of the review panel will also have:

  • an understanding of the impacts of trauma and abuse for survivors from a range of backgrounds and contexts
  • an understanding, and experience of, design and advisory groups and processes
  • experience in running nomination or recruitment processes
  • experience working with Ministers.

Design Group and Advisory Group members

Members will be appointed to the groups by the Minister for the Public Service, based on advice from the independent nominations review panel and consideration of the appointments by the Cabinet Appointments and Honours Committee. The review panel may like to meet (virtually) with shortlisted nominees before making recommendations for appointment. These meetings may take place from mid-January to mid-February 2023.


The names of people appointed to the nominations review panel, design group, advisory group and the Design Group Chair will be published on this page.

Nomination forms

Nominations close 5pm Tuesday 13 December 2022 - some nomination forms may show an incorrect date.

Nomination form – English [with tables] [Word] [DOCX, 161 KB]

Nomination form - English [with tables] [PDF, 374 KB]

Nomination form - English [without tables] [Word] [DOCX, 176 KB]

Nomination form - English [without tables] [PDF, 323 KB]

Nomination form – Te Reo Māori [Word] [DOCX, 160 KB]

Nomination form – Samoan [Word] [DOCX, 159 KB]

Nomination form – Tongan [Word] [DOCX, 160 KB]

Nomination form – English Braille [ZIP, 3 KB]

Nomination form – English Large Print [Word] [DOCX, 236 KB]

Nomination form – English audio [mpp] [ZIP, 3.5 MB]


Supporting information

Supporting Information – English Easy Read [Word] [DOCX, 6.9 MB]

Supporting Information - English Easy Read [PDF] [PDF, 2.2 MB]

Supporting Information – Te Reo Māori [Word] [DOCX, 135 KB]

Supporting Information – Samoan [Word] [DOCX, 136 KB]

Supporting Information – Tongan [Word] [DOCX, 137 KB]

Supporting Information – English Braille [ZIP, 3 KB]

Supporting Information – English Large Print [Word] [DOCX, 234 KB]

Supporting Information - English Large Print [PDF] [PDF, 292 KB]

Supporting Information – English audio [mpp] [ZIP, 2.4 MB]


Supporting Information - New Zealand Sign Language – see below:

The Royal Commission recommendations

The Redress Design Group follows recommendations of the Royal Commission on Abuse in Care. In December 2021, the Royal Commission published its report on redress(external link) – “redress” includes things like claims and apologies that may help recognise the profound harm suffered by survivors of abuse in care.

The report’s main recommendation was to set up a new redress system, puretumu torowhānui, independent of government and churches, to restore the power, dignity and standing of those affected by abuse in care. At the time the report was released, the Government announced(external link) it would design a new scheme as recommended.

The new redress system is a major initiative for communities that have experienced trauma from abuse in care over many decades. Designing it is a complex task that will take some time, because of the diverse needs of different survivor communities.

The Crown Response Unit acknowledges the delay since the report release has concerned some survivors; however there has been considerable “behind the scenes” work preparing for this phase of the work, with input from survivors.

We intend to make regular announcements in future on progress with this work.


Where to get support

Your wellbeing is important to us during this process. If you feel any form of distress, please reach out to the support available for you, your whānau or support person: For survivors | Crown response to the Abuse in Care Inquiry ( link)

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